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Year in Review

Join us for a look back at some of the 2018 events we were involved in.

Year in Review - 2018

The GIG Economy insight event at the Charlotte Street Hotel, Restaurant & Takeaway Expo, Summer Social, Employer Insight event: tech & recruitment at the Soho Hotel, Roundtable discussions…

2018 was another busy year for us at Apart from helping all you lovely hospitality employers recruit the best talent out there, we’ve been vivaciously arranging events and providing solid insight to benefit this amazing industry.

Here’s a roundup of just some of the numerous events we been involved with… Roundtables

Of course, hospitality employers are facing increasing recruitment challenges with a well-documented skills gap, the introduction of new technology and more demanding candidates mean an agile approach is needed to capture top talent so we were delighted to host more roundtables in 2018; two in Glasgow and two in Manchester, all proving extremely popular with topics discussed included Hiring & Retaining Top Talent. Andy Mcintosh from our Manchester office chaired these discussions which were attended by top hospitality employers from the regions.


We attended the Hotelympia trade show in February where we hosted a panel discussion about the implementation of the Apprenticeship Levy with a group of industry experts. We were joined by Rohini Bhattacharya, Head of Apprenticeship Services, Pearson, Jon Dawson, Director of Human Resources at Mandarin Oriental, Hayley Connor, Head of People at Brewhouse and Kitchen, Annette Allmark, Head of Apprenticeships at People 1st and Paul Mannering, Academy Principal at HIT Training.

Manchester and London Socials

We hosted our first of what we hope will be many Manchester Socials. Our 2018 offering took place at the stunning 20 Stories. Again, many top employers from the Greater Manchester area were in attendance.

Ham Yard was the place to be when we hosted our London Summer Social. It was a very busy evening as even more top hospitality employers gathered at Firmdale Hotel’s cool Soho venue to attend the latest and popular event . Guests enjoyed cocktails and canapes as well as partaking in some crafty 10-pin bowling and karaoke.

It was a perfect summer’s evening, the event was a great opportunity for colleagues and friends to network and catch up with the latest goings-on in the industry, and to speak in person to members of the team.

Among the attendees at the Social were representatives from The Connaught, The Principal London, The Red Carnation Hotel Group, D&D London, The Berkeley, LEON Restaurants, Jumeirah London, The London EDITION, Springboard, Hakkasan Group, Just Chefs and DISHOOM.

London Hospitality Festival

We were at the London Hospitality Festival in September. With so many teams in attendance, all clients of, it was such fun to be involved in this marvellous event. It was also a treat to meet so other businesses who are new to the industry. There is no event like this and we believe there’s a lot to gain from being there.


We are proud to sponsor many events and awards throughout the year. 2018 saw us sponsor the incredible Ben Davies with ran a course which circumnavigated the whole of Yorkshire. Ben was raising money for CALM – The Campaign Against Living Miserably which is leading a movement in the prevention of male suicide, the single biggest killer of men under 45 in the UK.

Huge congratulations go out to Claude Bosi on winning the coveted AA 2018 Chef’s Chef of the Year. Once again this prestigious award was sponsored by and was presented by Sales Director, Neil Pattison at the Grosvenor House Hotel.

Louise Phelps from Splendid Hospitality Group walked away the HR in Hospitality Rising Star award, sponsored by  This award showcases emerging talent within our industry with the winner receiving a scholarship for their career development from

We are more than happy to continue our association with Hospitality Action. Personal and health issues can have a major impact on the way people work, resulting in reduced performance, lack of focus and absence. These, in turn, can lead to lost productivity and significant cost to employers. Our mental wellbeing is just as crucial as our physical health and Hospitality Action’s assistance programmes are invaluable to the millions who make this sector work.

We also launched our sponsorship of Evolvin Women, an organisation developed to empower women in disadvantaged areas of Ghana, South Africa and Namibia. Over the coming months, we will bring you updates from Evolvin’ Women and share stories of the great work they are achieving and show you how you can get involved too.

The 2018 People Awards

Of course the highlight of our year is always our People Awards. 2018 saw the highest number of entries ever we’ve ever received. The importance of these awards is becoming increasingly evident. The industry is constantly undergoing change and candidates are becoming more decisive in what they want from their employers. Applicants are negotiating their own salaries, selecting their benefits and shaping the career path that’s right for them. In addition, the dreaded skills shortage is still being felt across the country and as a result, hospitality companies have work doubly hard to stay connected and relevant to this new brand of candidate whist still being able to recruit the right people for the job, develop their skills and retain valuable experience. With audacious programmes and initiatives, UK hospitality employers are rising to the occasion. They’re attracting, developing and retaining the talent they so desperately need amidst high competition. People Awards are the perfect opportunity for employers to not only celebrate their teams and their hard work but to share with each other what they have learned, enabling this amazing industry to grow.

Stay tuned to our recruiter blog for all the news in hospitality recruitment. We have some exciting plans for 2019. We’ll be bringing you more events, more socials, more roundtables and even more industry insight. Meanwhile, we wish you a very Happy New Year.